The Wild Wild East 12 September

Property

iProsperity check in at Pullman

The Australian, 5 Sep. 2018

Specialist adviser to high-net-worth Asians, iProsperity Group, has paid about $200 million buying Melbourne's Pullman on the Park in the ...

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/iprosperity-check-in-at-pullman/news-story/8fee9c5c5a70627ee23706f8b9ccda2f

 

Chinese buyers spent $24BILLION on Australian real estate last year – making up three quarters of all foreign property buyers

Daily Mail, 7 Sep. 2018

Chinese buyers spent $24billion on Australian real estate during the last year, making them by far the largest group of foreign purchasers.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6141905/Chinese-spent-24BILLION-Australian-real-estate-year-three-quarters-foreign-buyers.html

 

Australians’ home loans size grow despite falling property prices

Domain, 7 Sep. 2018

Property prices may be falling but that hasn’t stopped Australians taking out larger loans, including first-home buyers.

https://www.domain.com.au/money-markets/australians-home-loans-size-grow-despite-falling-property-prices-20180907-h15306-762460/

 

 

Currency & Financial

Australia a winner from emerging market turmoil

AFR, 4 Sep. 2018

Turmoil in emerging markets is proving to be a source of support for the Australian economy, as traders take the well-trodden path of selling the Australian currency to reflect heightened risk aversion.

https://www.afr.com/markets/australia-a-winner-from-emerging-market-turmoil-20180904-h14wyr

 

Chinese property investment drops amid taxes, tighter credit

The Australian, 6 Sep. 2018

Chinese property investment in Australia has fallen sharply after new rules to deter cross-border deals were introduced locally and offshore.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/chinese-property-investment-drops-amid-taxes-tighter-credit/news-story/00cea891d60f9319e92e18e016ebce76

 

How China, trade and domestic worries are encouraging Aussie dollar bears

Market Watch, 6 Sep. 2018

Trade spats, worries about China’s economic growth and domestic concerns remain bearish headwinds for the Australian dollar, which has been one of the worst performing developed market currencies of 2018. And the tide is unlikely to turn soon, analysts say.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-china-trade-and-domestic-worries-are-encouraging-aussie-dollar-bears-2018-09-06

 

 

Agriculture

China's 'Kardashians' market Aussie wine

The Australian, 6 Sep. 2018

Two social media stars dubbed the "Kardashians of China" are the face of a new Australian wine industry campaign aimed at young Chinese wine drinkers.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/chinas-kardashians-market-aussie-wine/news-story/216c5b3f6c39df233f66719a281acd97

 

Foreign investors are making a play for Mclaren Vales tightly held wine real estate

Adelaide Now, 7 Sep. 2018

LOCAL families and winery operators have tightened their hold on McLaren Vale’s prime vineyard and winery real estate in recent years, but savvy foreign investors are zeroing in on the region as industry confidence soars.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/foreign-investors-are-making-a-play-for-mclaren-vales-tightly-held-wine-real-estate/news-story/caa1d7dc5fc28b790bb9f44e1cba8331

 

 

Resources

Solar farms and export hub in pipeline as NT Airports undergoes $300m expansion

ABC Online, 7 Sep. 2018

Northern Territory Airports will undergo a $300 million expansion in what is set to become the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility's (NAIF) largest investment to date.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-06/$300-million-nt-airport-expansion-funded-under-naif-loan/10207178

 

 

Retail & Tourism

Interview: Chinese tourists among "best prepared" in world: UN tourism body director

Xinhua, 30 August 2018

MADRID, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tourists are among the "best prepared" tourists in the world and have no "barriers" when it comes to traveling abroad, said a United Nations official.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/30/c_137431302.htm

 

Online Festival to Drive Sales of Australian Wine in China

Power Retail, 7 Sep. 2018

A new partnership between Alibaba and Wine Australia will give local products an edge in China’s upcoming Global Wine and Spirits Festival.

https://www.powerretail.com.au/pureplay/online-festival-drive-sales-australian-wine-china/

 

Safety, seafood and drinking tap water: what attracts Chinese tourists to Sydney

SMH, 8 Sep. 2018

On a trip mixing business and pleasure, David Seeto prefers a private yacht to sail Sydney’s Harbour.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/safety-seafood-and-drinking-tap-water-what-attracts-chinese-tourists-to-sydney-20180908-p502kv.html

 

 

Education

'Give foreign students longer visas' says Universities UK

BBC, 4 Sep. 2018

The international director of Universities UK, Vivienne Stern, has called for a new visa to be created that would allow foreign students to get work experience in the UK for two years after they've graduated.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-45408737/give-foreign-students-longer-visas-says-universities-uk

 

Top of the class: Girls and overseas-born students are Australia's most motivated

The Australian, 10 Sep. 2018

Girls are more motivated than boys to do well at school, while students born overseasare significantly more achievement-orientated than those ...

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/top-of-the-class-girls-and-overseasborn-students-are-australias-most-motivated/news-story/04a8da31d07b8a84030334ae77aa7056

 

 

China Domestic

Jack Ma to outline succession plans as China's tech titans face new challenges

AFR, 9 Sep. 2018

Shanghai |Jack Ma is one of the few Chinese entrepreneurs well known on the global stage.

https://www.afr.com/news/world/asia/jack-ma-to-outline-succession-plans-as-chinas-tech-titans-face-new-challenges-20180909-h154sa